Original Brass Cannon Barrel Flintlock Pistol from Leith Hall Scotland & Original Document
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a most charming brass cannon Barreled (8") Flintlock Pistol, circa 1760, made by DANIEL MOORE of LONDON who worked from 1750-1801.
Full brass mounts including the butt cap with grotesque mask pommel, open work side plate, ramrod pipes and trigger guard. The decorated escutcheon still faintly marked ALEX LEITH. All brass mounts show wear from years of heavy brass polishing indicating that this was not only a well travelled but a well loved pistol. This most attractive flintlock pistol is 14" overall in length.
Included with this lovable flintlock pistol we enclose a Leith family Document dated 22nd May 1810.
This pistol itself has an interesting history: Until 1963 this resided in the 'armory' at Leith Hall in Scotland, said to be the most haunted house in Great Britain. The Leith family can be traced back almost to medieval times and apparently were very supportive of Bonnie Price Charlie's Rebels and sheltered several after the Battle of Culloden in 1746. Many of the weapons in the armory were claimed to have been used in the '45 Uprising' and at that final Battle on April 16th.1746.
In 1963 the last remaining family member died but before hand she had had all the weapons removed by the family attorneys for safekeeping and upon her death willed the estate (without, in her view, those unwelcome arms) to the National Trust who have maintained the Leith Hall for public viewing until around 2006 when it was finally closed due to government cutbacks.
After Lady Leith's demise the Attorneys sold the weapons and a quantity of the old family documents to an English Dealer named Herbert Sutcliffe who in turn sold several pieces to a collector named George Strakaty of Vienna, Austria. Stakaty was a born Czech and actually was in the modern arms trade and worked for the Czech Government Arms Company of Omnipol in Prague. Strakaty's role was as an International salesman taking him all over the third world. However, Strakaty was a total Anglophile and every time he visited London would buy only British antique weapons.
Christian first met George Strakaty, at Omnipol, in 1971 and over the years they became close friends he leading Christian to many Government arms stashes he had discovered. As time passed George’s collection became quite extensive. In the late 1980s Strakaty, by then well past his prime, retired to Las Palmas in the Canary Islands together with his wife Ruth. Before doing so however he announced to Christian that he wanted him to buy the entire collection, it was a major undertaking and it took almost five years to pay off the debt.
Only in the last three or four years, now that, as Christian puts it "is truly on the home stretch himself", has he reluctantly been letting go of some of the Strakaty collection.
A Charming Pistol with a known provenance, ready to display.
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